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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyget onto
he/she/itgets onto
present participlegetting onto
past tensegot onto
past participlegotten onto

or get on to

  1. 1
    get onto something to start talking about a subject

    Let’s get on to the next item on our agenda.

    How did we get onto this subject?

  2. 2
    get onto something same as get on

    He managed to get onto a local radio show.

  3. 3
    get onto something same as get on
  4. 4
    get onto someone British to write or speak to someone in order to ask them to do something for you

    You need to get onto your landlord about that leaky roof.

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